The Screaming Eagles went to Shalotte to play the West Brunswick Trojans on Thursday, and came up on the short end, falling by a score of 6-4. Christian Tafoya? pitched a strong 5 innings for Ashley, but took the loss on the mound.
The Eagles jumped ahead in the top of the first, as Donovan Francis? hit a one-out double off the fence, would advance to 3rd on an error by the shortstop off the bat of Alex Highsmith?. Francis would then score on an RBI groundout by Lee Fentress?.
After the Trojans tied the score at 1, Ashley scored 2 in the top of the 3rd, as Tafoya singled, followed by a bunt single by Jordan Fentress?. Following a flyout by Francis that moved Tafoya to 3rd, Highsmith lifted a sacrifice fly to score Tafoya. Lee Fentress then smacked an RBI double to right-center to bring in his brother, Jordan.
That was the last lead the Eagles would enjoy, as West scored 4 runs in the 4th to take a 5-3 lead. The Eagles would add one more run in the 5th, as Francis recorded an infield single, and would later score on a single by Lee Fentress, who recorded 3 runs batted in for the game.
With the loss, Ashley's record is now 11-10, finishing 5-7 in the Mideastern. Ashley has earned the #5 seed in the conference tournament next week, and will play either at New Hanover or at West Brunswick, depending on the New Hanover/Topsail gametomorrow night.